The family of a Utah State University freshman who died of alcohol poisoning in a 2008 hazing incident has settled its lawsuit against the school. The lawsuit alleged that the school failed to exercise meaningful oversight over its Greek-letter societies, long ignoring misbehavior at the Sigma Nu fraternity chapter where the student was a pledge. The 18-year-old student consumed a lethal dose of vodka at a party staged in his honor during initiation week in November 2008. The family wanted “some rules and procedures implemented at Utah State that would protect incoming freshman from the hazards of hazing and binge drinking.” It appears that significant changes will now be made by the school as a result of this settlement. Hopefully, all colleges and universities will soon realize that the “animal house” mentality must be controlled on their campuses and especially within the fraternities.
Source: Salt Lake Tribune
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